Limerick heads to the Venice Biennale

Alan Owens


Alan Owens

Artist Sean Lynch, Ireland's entry to the Venice Biennale this year, who lives in Askeaton. Woodrow Kernohan, eva director and Mike Fitzpatrick, are also involved in the exhibition
LIMERICK will play a major role in the Venice Biennale, billed the ‘Olympics of the art world’.

LIMERICK will play a major role in the Venice Biennale, billed the ‘Olympics of the art world’.

The selected artist, Sean Lynch, who will represent Ireland at the 56th International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia to give it its full and proper title - lives and works between Askeaton and London and studied in Limerick School of Art and Design.

The artist will present a new body of works entitled Adventure: Capital that has been curated by eva International director Woodrow Kernohan, while City of Culture director Mike Fitzpatrick holds the title of commissioner for Ireland at Venice at the festival, which runs from May 9 - November 22.

For the first time this year, Ireland’s entry in the high profile contemporary art exhibition will be located in the in the Arsenale section of the Biennale - essentially the main hall, which is the heartbeat of the festival.

“The Arsenale recorded 450,000 visitors last time out, so it is a great window and we are excited about that,” said Mike Fitzpatrick, who also worked on the 2007 Irish entry to Venice.

The Venice project is described as Lynch’s “most ambitious project to date”, tracing a journey from myth to minimalism around Ireland and Britain.

“Sean is a phenomenal artist, a great story teller through his work, and the piece he is putting together is really interesting, documentary in style, this amazing story of this person moving between Ireland and Britain, about abandoned sculpture, about value and money, about the idea of the change in how capital works,” said Fitzpatrick.

“It is amazing how it draws these very disparate ideas together into a compelling thing.”

Originally from Moyvane, Lynch studied in LSAD and then the prestigious Städelschule in Frankfurt. He lives in Askeaton with his wife, fellow artist Michele Horrigan, who runs Askeaton Contemporary Arts. He has exhibited work across the UK, Europe and Ireland and has a multi-media style that places him somewhere between artist and storyteller.

The exhibition, which is supported by Culture Ireland, will subsequently to “acclaimed Irish and International institutions in 2016 or 2017” - including Limerick - as Richard Mosse’s The Enclave exhibition did last year for City of Culture.